Professor Jean Galbraith was one of the 45 lawyers, judges, and law professors recently elected to the American Law Institute (ALI). Galbraith’s research focuses on international legal institution structures, especially treaty regimes, and the intersection between these institutions and U.S. domestic law.
The ALI is an independent organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and improve the law. Its nearly 3,000 members – lawyers, judges, and law professors – compile and produce model and uniform codes, principles of law, and Restatements of Law, which are used extensively by courts, legislatures, and legal educators.
“Professor Galbraith came to the Law School in 2014 and made an immediate impact,” said Ted Ruger, Dean of the Law School and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law. “Her recent scholarship on the U.S. withdrawal from international commitments will continue to inform the legal landscape for years to come.”
Galbraith’s article “Rejoining Treaties” is forthcoming in the Virginia Law Review and examines whether the original Senate resolution of advice and consent to a treaty remain effective even after a President has withdrawn the U.S. from that treaty. She argues that to the extent one president can lawfully withdraw the country from such treaties without input from Congress, a future president may unilaterally rejoin them.
Galbraith was an Assistant Professor at Rutgers School of Law-Camden before joining the Law School faculty. She also served as an associate legal officer for Judge Theodor Meron at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, an associate at Hangley Aronchick Pudlin & Schiller in Philadelphia, and a Sharswood Fellow in Law and International Affairs at Penn Law. A summa cum laude graduate of Harvard University and Berkley Law alum, Galbraith clerked for Judge David S. Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice John Paul Stevens at the Supreme Court of the United States.
Along with Galbraith, Walfrido J. Martinez L’91, Managing Partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, was also elected to the ALI.
Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor at the Law School and Professor of Political Science in the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Arts and Sciences Cary Coglianese was elected to the ALI in the fall of 2019.
Several Law School faculty members are active participants in the ALI’s projects: Tom Baker served as Reporter for the recently published Restatement of the Law, Liability Insurance. Anita L. Allen and Christopher Yoo just completed their roles as Advisers on the recently approved Principles of the Law, Data Privacy. Allen is now serving as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law Third, Torts: Defamation and Privacy, and Yoo is an Adviser on Principles for Data Economy, a joint project with the European Law Institute. Curtis Reitz served as an Adviser on the recently completed Model Penal Code: Sentencing Project.
Jill Fisch is an Associate Reporter on Restatement of the Law, Corporate Governance; Kermit Roosevelt serves as Reporter for the Restatement of the Law Third, Conflict of Laws; Steve Burbank is an Adviser for the Restatement of the Law Third, Conflict of Laws; Catherine Struve serves on the Council of the ALI, its governing board of directors, and also serves as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law, The Law of American Indians; Shyamkrishna Balganesh serves as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law, Copyright; and Dorothy E. Roberts serves as an Adviser on Restatement of the Law, Children and the Law.